Beachborough Country House

Barnstaple, Devon
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1271 882487

Large 18th-century rectory near Exmoor and the north Devon coast. Gardens, long views, horses to admire - and an easygoing feel


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Escape from the world at this gracious old house, and if you’re lucky one of the horses may have a new-born foal. Have tea on the terrace, lap up country views from big, airy bedrooms, read in the drawing room, look at the eclectic art.

Viviane is happy to chat and gives you Aga-cooked breakfasts with garden compote, honey and Greek yogurt, home-laid eggs, locally sourced meats. The fire in the dining room is lit in winter, the sun streams through the tall windows in summer. Viviane raids her veg plot for dinners too: roasts, venison or beef stews – she’ll discuss menus for a house party.

It’s a short drive to Exmoor National Park or the coast – ask about off the beaten track spots, the family know the area inside out. Ease any walker’s pains away in a steaming roll top tub; children will have fun in the games room and there’s a tennis court. A stream winds through the garden – four NGS acres full of roses and colourful pots.

Beachborough Country House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The huge bedrooms with comfortable chairs and garden views
  • Having tea and cake on the sunny terrace
  • Dinner by the fire in the dining room
Beachborough Country House - Gallery

You should know

  • It's an informal place - wander about to find Viviane when you arrive
  • You might need an extra jumper on winter mornings


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Occasional dinner, 2-3 courses, £22.50-£27.50. Catering for house parties. Pub 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £95
Singles £70. Extra bed/sofabed available £10-£30 per person per night.
1 Twin/double
From £95
2 Doubles
From £95



My room was huge and had a very comfortable bed and garden views. Viviane was friendly and helpful and did a great supper with heaps of vegetables from the garden.

Wendy, Sawday's inspector

Stunning house and gardens. Very friendly and helpful host. Highly recommended.

Annie, Leighton buzzard

This is the second time we have stayed at Beachborough House and every time it exceeds our expectations. Our room was huge with fantastic views over the garden and hills - make plenty of time to wander around the garden as it is beautiful. Vivian is a vibrant and cheery host and very happy to show you the 'before' and 'after' photos of the project they took on when buying Beachborough House. A lovely place, amazing breakfast and breakfast room and we will definitely be back.

Maggie, Alton, hampshire

Wonderful stay - beautiful big room with huge windows looking out over green fields and rose filled garden. Properly comfy bed and warm welcome for dogs. A proper old fashioned country house B&B in the very best sense. Great pub for supper - Fox and Goose - with all locally sourced fish - delicious in a cosy, unpretentious atmosphere.

Iris, Stroud

We have just returned from a weekend at Beachborough Country House and I have to say this is a wonderful place. The house and garden are beautiful and secluded and the owner, Viviane, is charming. I cannot recommend this more highly.


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The neighbourhood

The house is off a fairly busy road, but then down a long drive and surrounded by gardens and fields - so deeply peaceful. You can walk from the door; arrange horse riding; join the nearby Tarka Way on bike or foot; spot dolphins and porpoises on the coast. Croyde with beach and surfing is half an hour; Ilfracombe 20 minutes. Barnstaple is a 10-mile drive - visit the traditional, lively Pannier Market, one of Britain's largest indoor markets. There are three great pubs close by that all welcome dogs as well as a special occasion restaurant a field away.

Local points of interest from Viviane Clout

  • Great gardens - RHS Rosemoor, Marwood. Arlington Court
  • Walking and riding on Exmoor. Plenty of route suggestions and maps available. Also the South west coast path goes in both directions from here.
  • All North Devons amazing sandy beaches are within striking distance plus many more little known and hidden coastal spots. Eat Authentic Siri Lankan c urries overlooking the Atlantic with Lundy in the distance. -
  • Beachborough opens with the National Garden Scheme Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24th 2018, Delicious WI cream teas and cakes
  • Arlington Court NT - 2 miles. The home of Miss Chichester.
  • Exmoor night sky has now received international status with a week of celebrations in October.


Viviane Clout

Moving from Sussex to Devon and finding a dilapidated Georgian rectory with no electricity and barely running water was the right thing to do for a passionate gardener and her builder husband. The garden is now open to the public with the National Garden Scheme. “Listening to the buzz around the table at breakfast from people who have never met before is the best” says Viviane.